In every corner of our state, young children have access to one of the most important and powerful tools to expand their knowledge, ignite their imagination, and boost critical early literacy skills for a successful academic experience entering kindergarten. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is the number one early literacy program in the nation, providing children ages 0-5 with one free, high quality, age-appropriate book in the mail each month, at no cost to families.
Currently, over 100,000 early learners in Washington are enjoying their specially selected monthly Imagination Library book, and this immense success would not be possible without program partners on local level committed to the success of our youth. Imagination Library of Washington has 46 incredible local program partners throughout every county who oversee the daily administration of their local Imagination Library program, develop local partnerships, and financially support the program.
The inspiring work of our local partners goes beyond simply getting books to young kids. They are the heart and soul of helping children reach their full potential, creating a positive home learning environment and igniting a special bond between a child and their loved ones. To highlight the important work of our local program partners, check out some of their recent events and milestones!
|United Way of Whatcom County manages Whatcom County's Imagination Library program, recently receiving a generous $10,000 sponsorship from Phillips 66 Ferndale Refinery to support their thriving Imagination Library program. To date, more than 4,000 children are enrolled in the Imagination Library in Whatcom County.|
|Local program partners, The Rotary Club of Gig Harbor and Altrusa Gig Harbor, took part in their local Scarecrow Festival for the second year in a row to engage with local families and enroll children in Dolly Parton's Imagination Library. Scarecrow "Dolly" received many votes from festival visitors!|
United Way of Snohomish County and the Mariner Library teamed up to host an Imagination Library registration drive, inviting families in get their eligible children signed up for a free monthly book. United Way of Snohomish County became a Imagination Library local program partner in June of this year, now serving over 8,000 early learners!
|Arlington Education Foundation, local program partner also serving children in Snohomish County, held their annual Sip! Sip! Hooray! fundraising event in September in support of Dolly Parton's Imagination Library and classroom mini-grants, raising nearly $27,000. Arlington Education Foundation has been administering their Imagination Library program since 2015.|
It is Dolly's dream to inspire kids to Dream More, Learn More, Care More, and Be more. Volunteer for your local Imagination Library program, sponsor a child, tell your friends and family how they can enroll their children or get involved. Help keep the magic of free books from Dolly Parton's Imagination alive for all Washington kids 0-5!
For more information on how you can help us get more books into the hands and hearts of our earliest learners, visit www.imaginationlibrarywashington.org.
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